Winter 2008 we drove over the Hoover Dam in the wee hours on our way to Maricopa, AZ and it was already a construction zone. We didn’t see much.
This time thru we drove over the new big bridge and backtracked to get a good view of the famous dam.
Since 1935 the combination of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam have provided flood control, irrigation, drinking water and power to this southwest desert region. The dam was originally built to protect farmland in SCal, to control flooding of the Colorado River.
Over 5,000 workers from across the country gathered to complete the Hoover Dam in less then 5 years. It has been recognized inter/nationally as one of the world’s greatest construction achievements, and having been built during the Great Depression one can see why it is a symbol of national pride.
Lake Mead was named after a world-renowned water and irrigation engineer. “ He wrote Wyoming’s first water codes” which became the basis for those throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, S Africa and New Zealand. His last great project was the Hoover Dam.
Lake Mead was the country’s first national recreation area. 50 years ago now.
On the road again we drove thru Sin City which lacks the flashing neon lights during the day: just another city. But life none the less in this desert region. Nevada is pretty barren, with a good chunk of land here in the south designated for Air Force Range and Testing Range.
We camped alongside Walker Lake where we sat looking out over the lake and surrounding hills including a mountain with snow still on it. We breathed slowly, relaxed in the evening air, glad to be back camping.
The simple life.